Tongala, VIC - St James Anglican (20367)

Year Built: 1957

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: James

Address: St James Street, Tongala, Victoria, 3621

Last Updated: 08/11/2021

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History and Architecture:

The first church was built in 1913.

During 1882 - 1883 an attempt by the Church of England to establish services in the Tongala area proved unsucessful and so it continued for a time under Rochester then in the 1890's under Tatura and later under Kyabrum. By 1912 services and Sunday school were being held in the Public Hall in Magan Street.

In 1914, Tongala, Koyuga and Wyuna West areas were, created a separate readers district with W.J. Reeve in charge. In 1915, St. Thomas, Wyuna, was added to the parochial district. After the departure of Mr. Reeve, the Rev. F.A. Philby was appointed Deacon in charge and following his priesting, celebrated his first communion service on December 17, 1916.

In 1957 tenders were called for a new church building and Mr W Kronk was the successful tenderer with a quote of £7,000. A Foundation stone reads, " This Foundation stone was laid by Ronald Bishop of Bendigo 21st July 1957".

Clergy:

This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
Further submissions welcomed.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1881 - Mr John Heiffer Hill 1846 1905
1916 - 1919 Rev Frederick Alfred Philbey 1886 1947
1919 - 1920 Rev William Thomas Reeve Curate 1889 1948
1920 - 1924 Rev David Herman Rettick Lay Reader 1894 1961
1924 - 1927 Rev Sydney James Muxworthy Curate 1898 1996
1926 - 1929 Rev Henry Whiteman Deacon then Priest in 1927 1893 1981
1929 - Mr Maurice Fernley Green Lay Reader 1897 1992
1931 - 1935 Rev Ernest George Laverick 1890 1943
1934 - 1936 Rev Edward Wolstenholme 1867 1952
1936 - 1938 Rev William George Vizard 1880 1983
1938 - 1940 Rev Edward Ernest Saville 1911 1988
1939 - 1940 Rev Home
1940 - 1944 Rev George Eliot Roper Locum 1883 1947
1944 - 1945 Rev Bill Nellor
1945 - 1946 Rev William Beaumont Hay 1906 1960
1946 - 1953 Rev James Leslie Rogers 1882 1978
1952 - 1956 Rev Eric Jack Nixon 1904 1976
1957 - Rev Alex McKenzie
1962 - 1969 Rev Garnet Donald Prince
1969 - 1975 Rev Peter Daryl Kissick
1980 - 1985 Rev Donald Haslem Edgar 1938
2010 - Rev Elaine Ryan
1999 - Rev Mark Andrew Pearce

Organ:

An old foot pumped Organ or harmonium had been in service as far as is known since the first church was built in 1913. In 1961 Mr Jim Barnes donated a new Lowry electronic Organ.

Source:

1. St James Anglican Church Tongala A History 1882 - 1987 LTP 283.9454 ST1038p.
2. Cable Clergy Index.